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What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:35 am

This picture on the main page today got me thinking - what airport has the longest jet bridges in operation?

These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!


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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:24 am

What about LGW   if it is a jet bridge?
 
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:58 am



Yep, it is a bridge and jets go under it so it is a Jet Bridge.

And because its British its the Longest in the whole world !     
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:04 pm

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 2):
And because its British its the Longest in the whole world !

Well, south of the Watford gap anyway!  

Heathrow Terminal 4 has long jetways,

Does the disaster of Gates 80-90 in Heathrow T1 - a long metal tube that doubles as a convection oven in summer - count as a jetway? - it may be longer than the LGW bridge?
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:42 pm

Quoting sulley (Thread starter):
These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!

I would suggest you better get yourself to a gym and build up your cardio rate. I am kidding. I have been walking on jetways that seem to be endless labyrinth of turns and corridors. I was looking for a picture of one at ORD but I have been unable to find it.

I agree that LHRs' are quite the hike, and when you take into consideration the distance one travels from the terminal to the gate it would seem to me that T5's design was built by a comedian as a cruel joke.

The whole LHR experience to me is one of walking. You have to walk miles and miles from the train at T3 or T1 just to get to the bag drop and then through security and then through the shopping mall and then the 10 to 20 minute walk from the shopping mall to the holding pen by the gate. T4 is also terrible as it seems to be very terribly laid out. The British love to walk right? They seem to be the worst for airport design for convenience sake.

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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 12:51 pm

Quoting sulley (Thread starter):
These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!

That one at the bottom of the picture across from the 777, might as well just walk to your final destination, the walk on the jet bridge looks longer than the flights probably are.. 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:14 pm

Quoting brilondon (Reply 4):
I agree that LHRs' are quite the hike, and when you take into consideration the distance one travels from the terminal to the gate it would seem to me that T5's design was built by a comedian as a cruel joke.

Absolutely agree, nothing worse than hiring a famous architect to try and design an efficient building. Those jet bridges are horrendous to look at and and horrendous from passenger point of view and terribly horrendous from the ground staff point of view.
 
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:30 pm

Quoting sulley (Thread starter):
These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!

The gate lounge area must be PACKED. Imagine six 747/777s boarding at the same time all squeezed into that! Let's hope the long jetbridges are just an interim solution. Are there any plans to extend the terminal?
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 1:56 pm

Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 5):
That one at the bottom of the picture across from the 777, might as well just walk to your final destination, the walk on the jet bridge looks longer than the flights probably are..

I flew out of that one recently, and the walk really wasn't that bad. The fact that there are windows on one side (the side with the aircraft) is important though - if it were fully enclosed for the whole length (only the movable portion at the end is), then I could see some people getting claustrophobic.

It's certainly a lot better than the walk from the very end of T3 to the immigration facility - that must have taken 15 minutes.

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 7):
The gate lounge area must be PACKED. Imagine six 747/777s boarding at the same time all squeezed into that!

That'll be true for any gate lounge area. But that particular gate lounge area only serves two gates (and in effect only serves one, since it didn't look like they could board both flights at the same time), so crowding shouldn't get too bad.

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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:36 pm

You do know that much of these very long jetbridges have moving walkways?.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 2:38 pm

Quoting iFlyLOTs (Reply 5):
That one at the bottom of the picture across from the 777, might as well just walk to your final destination, the walk on the jet bridge looks longer than the flights probably are..

Take a look at a satellite picture and you'll see the one on the top right is even longer.

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 7):
Are there any plans to extend the terminal?

Is there a reason they weren't built longer in the first place? there's already a structure at ground level so why didn't they build on top of it and put some more lounges in? Would be quite a nice place for a restaurant/cafe too.

Its also weird that 5b and 5c are different lengths and staggered.
 
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:22 pm

What is the difference between walking in yet bridge and walking in a Terminal building? Either way, in case of LHR T5B and C you need to walk to the centre of the building to catch the train.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:23 pm

Quoting Bthebest (Reply 10):

Is there a reason they weren't built longer in the first place? there's already a structure at ground level so why didn't they build on top of it and put some more lounges in? Would be quite a nice place for a restaurant/cafe too.

I've often wondered if it was designed for possible future expansion of terminal building. Like you said, looks like the foundation already is there.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 3:54 pm

Quoting Mir (Reply 8):
I flew out of that one recently, and the walk really wasn't that bad. The fact that there are windows on one side (the side with the aircraft) is important though - if it were fully enclosed for the whole length (only the movable portion at the end is), then I could see some people getting claustrophobic.

So did I, on a A319 to BCN. The windows saved it but at 6 in the morning it was a very chilly walk. A few heaters wouldn't have gone amiss.

Quoting bogota (Reply 6):
Absolutely agree, nothing worse than hiring a famous architect to try and design an efficient building.

Yeah I really don't get T5 and why it wins awards etc. The link from the public transport to the departures/checkin area is atrocious and baffling. You follow the signs up the "ground floor" and they just disappear altogether. Not to mention, the only way to get up to checkin is via elevators, which causes a queue when a load of people have just arrived off the Tube. Bizarre thinking.

Quoting Bthebest (Reply 10):
Is there a reason they weren't built longer in the first place? there's already a structure at ground level so why didn't they build on top of it and put some more lounges in?

Cost, likely.

Quoting lhrnue (Reply 11):
Either way, in case of LHR T5B and C you need to walk to the centre of the building to catch the train.

Which is also ridiculous. The distance travelled by the trains is not that great, but they're not all that frequent either. So you mill about waiting because there's no other option. I don't understand why they didn't include a pedestrian tunnel with travelators... even in lieu of the trains themselves, would've saved some coin.
 
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:15 pm

ATL has a pretty long jetbridge at the new international F concourse. I heard it's one of the longest in the US, probably also one of the longest in the world.

During construction:
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:31 pm

Quoting lhrnue (Reply 11):
What is the difference between walking in yet bridge and walking in a Terminal building?

Difference:

Inside jet bridge:



Inside terminal:



I would rather walk through a terminal for a longer period than a jet bridge. I don't have claustrophobia or anything, but if I'm going to be sitting in a long narrow metal tube for hours, I want as much time as possible NOT in a long narrow metal tube LOL!!!
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:32 pm

Quoting sulley (Thread starter):
These at LHR seem to make for quite a long, arduous walk!

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 Wow! Like many travellers, I would agree that LHR is nothing but a big long walk. The bridge at the bottom left of the picture certainly is the longest I have ever seen... can't say I've ever walked it though.

Quoting readytotaxi (Reply 2):



Yep, it is a bridge and jets go under it so it is a Jet Bridge.

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Quoting bennett123 (Reply 9):
You do know that much of these very long jetbridges have moving walkways?.

Are you serious. In all my travels, I have never come across a bridge with a moving walkway. Which airports?

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 14):
ATL has a pretty long jetbridge at the new international F concourse. I heard it's one of the longest in the US, probably also one of the longest in the world.

During construction:

That is gate F9. Here is an airside picture: http://www.twitpic.com/6me8xu

Maybe not the longest in the world, but definitely one of the longest in the US.
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 4:58 pm

LHR T5B was supposed to be a longer building with more gates but someone from what was the BAA decided after 9/11 that not as many people would be flying in the future so to save costs changed the plans and so you have 2 stands sharing one gate and have to leave 60mins between flights.

This was also the reason for the TTS only having one platform in T5C.
 
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:06 pm

Quoting IBOAviator (Reply 16):
Are you serious. In all my travels, I have never come across a bridge with a moving walkway. Which airports?

I agree - never seen a jet bridge with a moving walkway either. I think some people are a little confused about what a jet bridge is - it's a mobile sheltered walkway that acts as a bridge between the terminal and aircraft. It's a temporary structure. I've never seen one with heavy permanent features such as moving walkways - by nature, jet bridges (or jetways, as I think most people in the US call them) are made to be cheap, light and easy to replace.

We could both be wrong about moving walkways, I guess, but I think they have to be at least quite rare in jet bridges, not common like an earlier reply implied.
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:17 pm

I don't know if the long windowless metal corridors attached to the jet bridges in the trans border area at Edmonton really count as jetways but since they serve the identical function and are attached directly to the jetways Im going to throw those in for consideration.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:47 pm

Toronto's new T1 has a few long jetways...

Check the bottem left corner....


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Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:49 pm

I tried Google image searching Concourse A at DEN, but one of the gates in the Frontier Concourse either 24 or 26 has to be up there for longest gate at least in the U.S. - the drawing doesn't do it justice. I used it one time and it had a lot of turns in it - seemed like I was walking in it forever between the aircraft and the terminal.

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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:57 pm

Quoting spacecadet (Reply 18):
We could both be wrong about moving walkways, I guess, but I think they have to be at least quite rare in jet bridges, not common like an earlier reply implied.

I would be surprised to see a jet bridge with a moving walkway. I seriously doubt the actual jet bridge structure would be able to accommodate a moving walkway... considering the mechanical and physical components of a moving walkway.

Quoting Flaps (Reply 19):
I don't know if the long windowless metal corridors attached to the jet bridges in the trans border area at Edmonton really count as jetways but since they serve the identical function and are attached directly to the jetways Im going to throw those in for consideration.

As I understand it, a jet bridge is a temporary structure leading from the terminal to the aircraft. In some airports (YYZ and ATL come immediately to mind), there are indeed large walking times between (for example) terminals or within the terminal itself where you do see moving walkways but as for the jet bridges themselves, they are "moving-walkway" free.

In some cases, I've taken escalators (from the gate agent) down to a walkway-like area and then onto the tarmac to my aircraft. In such cases, from the bottom of the escalators to the actual ramp doors, you may see a moving walkway but I wouldn't consider this above case a jet bridge per say. Strictly speaking, jet bridges do not have moving walkways.

A little off topic thou... we're talking about length, not contents.  
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:54 pm

Quoting IBOAviator (Reply 22):
I would be surprised to see a jet bridge with a moving walkway. I seriously doubt the actual jet bridge structure would be able to accommodate a moving walkway... considering the mechanical and physical components of a moving walkway.

I would be really surprised, I would like to see how it would work with 400 people slowly moving into a 747.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:56 pm

Quoting spacecadet (Reply 18):
by nature, jet bridges (or jetways, as I think most people in the US call them) are made to be cheap, light and easy to replace.

I wouldn't say cheap and easy to replace. Cheaper than additional square footage to the terminal, but UA is replacing the old AA standard length jetbridges is SFO and they are costing g $200,000 a piece and those are not the high end glass jetbridges! Jetbridges are certainly not cheap.
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:59 pm

Quoting bennett123 (Reply 9):
You do know that much of these very long jetbridges have moving walkways?.

Where? I've never seen one and can't believe it would even be technically possible due to the way the bridges have to be able to move and extend/retract to connect to various aircraft types. The huge added weight would be another big problem. The bridge would also have to be much wider to permit 2-way traffic as ground staff often have to go from the aircraft to the terminal while passengers are boarding, and vice versa.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:46 pm

Quoting bogota (Reply 23):
Quoting IBOAviator (Reply 22):
I would be surprised to see a jet bridge with a moving walkway. I seriously doubt the actual jet bridge structure would be able to accommodate a moving walkway... considering the mechanical and physical components of a moving walkway.

I would be really surprised, I would like to see how it would work with 400 people slowly moving into a 747.


Moving walkways on a jetbridge is a horrible idea unless they are one way moving away from the plane. Who hasn't experienced a collision when getting off a moving walkway or escalator with people stopped at the end?
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:11 pm

CPH has had one at the end of the C finger for quite some time:

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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:20 pm

SYD has some pretty long ones, as well as the ones at the end of the North Terminal at LGW. Brisbane may not be a jet bridge, but as you don't walk out there until boarding, it seemed pretty long.
 
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Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:29 pm

AMS has some long bridges, especially the cantilever bridges in the F pier that overlap the aircraft's wing and connect to the 4th door on 747s.


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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:16 pm

In the case of T5, it is a cheap way of getting a few extra gates added on.

I know in the US at T5 at JFK, B6 had a long Jetway on Gate 27. Without it, the terminal would have stopped at gate 26.

What someone pointed out, is that it makes for a crowded hold area.

In the case of the London airports, they seem to hold you in a central area with shops until just prior to boarding, so gate area time is minimized anyway. I don't know if they do this at T5, but they do it at STN and in the other LHR terminals
 
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:19 pm

Measuring in Google Earth, the NE jetbridge of T5B is 220m - next longest of the ones mentioned so far is F9 at ATL at 100m.
 
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:14 pm

Going back to the days when jet bridges were just being introduced, planes parked nose in, with a short jet bridge to the front exit and a very long one that to go around the wing of the 707 or DC-8 to reach the rear entrance. That was in the early 1960s. Airport designers concluded that this wasn't a great idea and settled either for a single jetway to the front exit or parked the aircraft parallel to the terminal when both aircraft doors were needed, especially when those DC-8-61s and -63s came on line!
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:22 am

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 30):

I don't believe they do that at T5 like they do in London. Each gate has it's own seating area in which you are until you get on the plane
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Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:15 am

AMS has some of the weirdest ones I have ever seen (you can see it in the pic Viscount724) they go over the wing of the aircraft, I have never seen that in all the 70+ airports I have flown through in my recent memory untill I flew through AMS and saw them with my own eyes.
 
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Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:16 am

Quoting timpdx (Reply 34):

WN uses these in ALB as well and I believe YYC used to have those for WS
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:23 am

ORD gate K15 is pretty long and messed up. Halfway down you have to make a 135 degree turn to get to the plane.

Nothing as long as LHR though. That's crazy.
 
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sun Apr 21, 2013 3:36 am

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 24):
Cheaper than additional square footage to the terminal, but UA is replacing the old AA standard length jetbridges is SFO and they are costing g $200,000 a piece and those are not the high end glass jetbridges! Jetbridges are certainly not cheap.

$200,000 is nothing in terms of construction costs at a major airport. $200,000 wouldn't buy an extra bedroom addition on some houses in my neighborhood. That is what I meant by "cheap".

If you were to build a permanent structure connecting the terminal to aircraft, it would cost millions of dollars *each*. So jetways certainly are cheap relative to other forms of construction.
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RE: What Airport Has The Longest Jet Bridges?

Sun Apr 21, 2013 8:06 am

Quoting IBOAviator (Reply 16):
Quoting bennett123 (Reply 9):
You do know that much of these very long jetbridges have moving walkways?.

Are you serious. In all my travels, I have never come across a bridge with a moving walkway. Which airports?

Keep in mind that most of the "jet bridge" in the OP's photo is a fixed structure - the only part that moves is the part after you pass through the headhouse (I think that's the term for it - it's the big grey structure sitting on the ramp with the HSBC logo). So it would be perfectly feasible to put moving walkways in from the terminal to the headhouse, then have the jetbridge go the rest of the way (a short distance) to the plane.

I don't recall whether the gates in question at LHR had them or not, but there's no reason they couldn't if the walkway were wide enough.

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